These days computers are becoming more and more of a media hub for users to watch movies or television shows on. For awhile I’ve switched between a handful of media players including VLC, KMPlayer, and GOM. All of those are excellent in their own way, and now I think I’ll also have to add SPlayer to the list. On top of supporting the wide array of media types that the others do, SPlayer is fast.

The best thing about SPlayer is hands-down the simple interface. As you can see in the screenshot above it’s nice because all of the buttons are overlaid on the video when you move your mouse, and there are no visible menus to distract you. Not only that, but there is a minimalist mode (pictured above) that gets rid of the minimize/maximize/close buttons that are typically at the top of a window so that you get a very clean viewing experiencing without needing to go to full-screen mode.

splayer windows 7.pngAs expected SPlayer also integrates with Windows 7 nicely. One way it does that is to show the progress of whatever you’re watching in the Taskbar icon, and I’m hoping that in an upcoming release it will also some basic jumplist support (for things like recently played movies). Thanks to some out-of-the-box jumplist functionality in Windows 7, however, you can always drag a file onto the SPlayer icon to have that particular file pinned to the jumplist menu. Whenever you select that video from the list SPlayer will immediately open and start playing it.

And I can’t forget to mention the performance, which is rather incredible. Starting up SPlayer takes about a second on my machine, and to start playing a video all I have to do is drag the file somewhere in the window. In terms of memory usage SPlayer uses about 5MB when sitting idle and around 36MB when a movie is playing. That definitely falls within the range of acceptability.

Everything about this app feels snappy, clean, and well thought out. I give the developers a lot of credit for the attention to detail that ensures users will have the best experience possible. I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.

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  1. You did not mention however it takes a long time to install, at least on Vista is does…or appears the install has stalled with ‘Unregistering: C:Program FilesSPlayercsfcocedcmpc_mxrender.dll’ further there is no way to cancel other than to kill the installer (thank goodness for Process Explorer). Pitty, guess I’ll be sticking with GOM for now.

    • It took a long time to install? Huh. For me it finished easily in under a minute. Sounds like something must have hung for you.

  2. Ryan,

    Just like you stated, it sure starts up fast!
    I do have one problem…
    After installation, i went over to check out a page where i often go for news.
    Below this news page, there are two links that no longer work.

    I tried un-ticking the option where Windows MPlayer is involved and it still didn’t bring WMP back.

    I know this isn’t a support forum, but seeing that i didn’t test more than this one web site, me believes there’s more work to be done.

    • Hmmm. That may be something you want to contact the developer about. Just to be thorough though you should make sure to restart your machine. Maybe you already have, but just wanted to throw that out there.

  3. @El Guru Surely you can simply use their portable version? That takes no time to install, and it’s a breeze to use.

    Great to see this excellent media player mentioned here, Ryan. I’ve been using it for a while now, and I love it!

  4. I’ve been an avid fan of Media Player Classic for quite a few years now because of its low memory footprint and the big range of formats it supports.

  5. One of the options in the installer is “Quick lunch”. That one’s going on Failblog. :)

  6. Maybe you should check out what McAfee SiteAdvisor has to say about the safety of the SPlayer homepage.

    • That’s because of the sites they are pulling from Google Blog Search who write about SPlayer, and some sites are obviously spamming those links.

  7. How about Codec issue Ryan? Do you need to install 3rd party codec (like K-lite Codec Pack) to play certain type of video format?

  8. I love Vlc sooooooo much :)

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